A MELBOURNE truck driver has been fined $1500 and disqualified for nine months on a charge of driving with an illicit drug in his blood.
The penalties were imposed by magistrate Tony Murray when Robert Jenkinson did not attend court and police made an application to have the matter finalised in his absence.
Jenkinson, 37, of Spotswood, was driving a Kenworth prime mover with a B-double combination along the Hume freeway on September 12.
He had a load of general freight and was stopped about 10.50pm near the Racecourse Road off ramp for a random breath test and drug test.
He produced a Victorian licence and the random breath test was negative.
But a drug test was positive for methamphetame and Jenkinson was arrested.
He was taken by officers to a drug bus located at the police station for a secondary sample to be taken.
It was provided by him and put in a sealed vial which was sent to the NSW Forensic and Analytical Science Service at Lidcombe.
Jenkinson had a 24-hour driving ban imposed by police.
He contacted the truck owner to make arrangements for the vehicle to be collected.
Jenkinson claimed that he is a recreational drug user and did not use them in his occupation.
The sample was positive for methamphetamine and police issued a court attendance notice.